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Taylor Ho Bynum

New Haven, CT   

Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation – through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. Bynum’s expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman, including his latest release The Ambiguity Manifesto. His varied endeavors include leading his own bands (such as his long-running Sextet and his 15-piece creative orchestra The PlusTet), his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation (which he served as executive director from 2010-2018, producing and performing on many major Braxton projects, including two operas and multiple festivals). Bynum has worked with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor and maintains current collaborative projects with Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Kyoko Kitamura, Joe Morris, and Tomeka Reid, among others, with other recent sideman credits including Nels Cline, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Jason Kao Hwang, Ingrid Laubrock, Nicole Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith and Yo La Tengo. Since 2017, Bynum has directed the Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth College, where he also teaches composition and improvisation. His writing has been published in the New Yorker, Point of Departure and Sound American, he has served as a panelist and consultant for arts organizations and individual artists, and his work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Behind the Ambiguity Manifesto

The Ambiguity Manifesto
Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette
Release Date: 9/21/2019

Personnel:
Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba
Ingrid Laubrock – soprano & tenor saxophones
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Ken Filiano – acoustic bass, electronics
Mary Halvorson – electric guitar
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass guitar
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Tomeka Reid – cello
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet, compositions

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Taylor Ho Bynum’s Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Directed by Chris Jonas, 15 minutes, 2015.
This short documentary captures Taylor Ho Bynum’s 2014 Acoustic Bicycle Tour, a 5-week, 2000-mile performance journey in which he traveled down the entirety of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico solely by bicycle, presenting concerts along the way and collaborating with 50 different musicians. The endeavor was an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality.

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neither when nor where (from The Ambiguity Manifesto)

neither when nor where
from The Ambiguity Manifesto
Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette
Release Date: 9/21/2019

Personnel:
Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba
Ingrid Laubrock – soprano & tenor saxophones
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Ken Filiano – acoustic bass, electronics
Mary Halvorson – electric guitar
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass guitar
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Tomeka Reid – cello
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet, compositions

Video by Cutting Bird Media

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